Where to See Holiday Lights in Nashville!


One of my very favorite childhood memories is piling into my grandparents’ car with my family and driving through the countryside around our small town to see Christmas lights. I can still hear my grandfather singing along with Elvis’s Blue Christmas while I took care of the “oooooohs” from the back seat. Year after year, it was our longstanding tradition. Now, I am excited to continue this tradition with my own family (Blue Christmas, included!) and have done quite a bit of research to find the best holiday lights in Nashville — and the surrounding areas! There are lots of great ones, and if we’ve missed any, we’d love for you to let us know in the comments. Happy Holidays!

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Chad’s Winter Wonderland

Dates: Now open every night through New Year’s Eve
Times: 6pm – 10pm
Open our regular hours Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Price: $15 per vehicle, $20 per limo & passenger van
Good to Know: 9 ft Clearance; No debit or credit cards

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood

Dates: November 23rd – December 30th.
Times: 5pm – 10pm; Closed every Monday and Christmas
Price: Adults $22 (Discounts for members); $17 Ages 3-17 (Discounts for members); 2 & under free.
Buy tickets here. Tickets sold at the gate are subject to a $5 processing fee.
Good to Know: Event parking is $5; Special pricing for groups of 15+.

Festival of Lights

Dates: Friday-Sunday (except the last weekend), December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, & 30-31
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Price:  $10 per vehicle, $25 per van or bus 
Good to Know: Bus drivers must call ahead.

Dates: Now – December 31st
Time: Opens nightly at 5pm
Price: $25 per vehicle (non commercial); $25 per church van/bus; $50 for commercial vehicles
Good to Know: Tour groups are per person. They accept all major credit cards.

Lights on Old Charlotte (Franklin)

Dates: Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day
Time: 4:30pm – 10pm daily.
Price/Good to Know: Enjoy 60,000 computerized lights! Donations accepted to benefit Graceworks Ministries, an organization that helps neighbors in need.

Opryland Lights

Dates: Now – January 1st
Time: 4pm – midnight daily
Price: Free
Good to Know: There is a (pretty steep!) fee to park at the hotel; but, if you’re willing to walk, you may be able to find parking at the mall and walk over.

Sunny Side Drive in Brentwood

Dates: Thanksgiving Day to New Years Day
Time: 5pm-10pm daily. (10:30 pm the week of Christmas)
Price/Good to Know: Donations accepted to benefit Shrine Children’s Hospitals. They are scaling down this year and ask that all viewers remain in their cars.

For more local information about the holidays,
check out our post about Holiday Events in Nashville.


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Jordan was born and raised in a small town outside of Nashville and is so proud to consider herself a Nashville native. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in art history, she got married and moved to the Sunshine State where her husband (Micah) was recently stationed. After battling the Florida heat for two years, she and Micah moved back home with two dogs and a baby belly in tow. A year and a half ago, they bought their first home—located just north of Nashville. Since then, they have been slowly renovating it themselves on a seriously tight budget. You can follow their progress on Jordan’s blog, A Blue Nest. Shes’s also a stay at home mom to the spunkiest and most hilarious two year old (Ava) on the planet. Now, Jordan is getting to rediscover her love of Nashville while introducing her daughter to all the city has to offer. When she’s not covered in goldfish and tuning out “Let It Go” for the millionth time, she loves to curl up with a book, paint, sew and be generally crafty. You can find her on Instagram @jordanpkahn or for all things home related @abluenest.



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